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PIB Summaries 23 December 2023

  1. Bhoomi Rashi Portal
  2. Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award


Context:

The Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways recently said 1467 projects of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) have been brought under the Bhoomi Rashi Portal.

Relevance:

GS II: Government Policies and Interventions

Bhoomi Rashi Portal: Streamlining Land Acquisition for Highways

  • Initiative Overview:
    • The Bhoomi Rashi Portal is an e-Governance initiative led by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.
  • Objective:
    • The primary goal is to expedite the land acquisition process specifically for National Highways in India.
  • Single-Point Platform:
    • Acts as a centralized platform for the online processing of land acquisition notifications, streamlining highway infrastructure development projects.
  • Enhancing Efficiency:
    • Aims to enhance the efficiency of the land acquisition process, ensuring transparency, accountability, and facilitating the direct e-transfer of benefits to beneficiaries.
  • Key Features:
    • Bilingual application (Hindi and English) for user-friendly accessibility.
    • Interfaces for adding project details, including land acquisition sanctions and location details.
    • Integration with the Public Financial Management System (PFMS) for real-time compensation deposition in beneficiaries’ accounts.
  • Process Flow Interfaces:
    • Various interfaces for Competent Authority for Land Acquisition (CALA), notification generation, land details, objection processing, compensation determination, and engagement with landowners and affected parties.
  • Reports Generation:
    • Comprehensive interface for generating reports to ensure effective monitoring and management of the land acquisition process.
  • Integration with PFMS:
    • Seamless integration with the Ministry of Finance’s Public Financial Management System for instantaneous compensation disbursement to affected/interested individuals.


Context:

India’s badminton stars Chirag Shetty and Satwik Sai Raj Rankireddy won the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna award announced by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports recently.

Relevance:

Facts for Prelims

Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award: Recognizing Sporting Excellence

Namesake and Legacy:

  • Named after Major Dhyan Chand, an iconic Indian field hockey player, the award stands as a tribute to his legendary contributions to the sport.

Inception and Recognition:

  • Instituted in 1991–1992, the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award is the highest sporting honor in India.
  • Conferred annually by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Recognition for exceptional performance in sports at the international level, spanning Olympic, Asian, Commonwealth, World Games, Championships, and equivalently recognized global tournaments over the preceding four years.
  • Consideration of achievements during Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, and Asian Games years.
  • Ineligibility for sportspersons penalized or under investigation for the use of prohibited substances by WADA.

General Conditions:

  • Restriction on multiple awards to the same individual.
  • Exceptional circumstances for relaxing the annual single-award norm.
  • Provision for posthumous awards and cancellation for specific reasons, including doping.

Award Benefits:

  • Cash prize of ₹25,00,000, exempt from income tax and wealth tax.
  • Certificate of honor and a commemorative medal for each deserving sportsperson.

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